Friday, October 23, 2015

Some Joplin schools receive dangerously low annual performance rankings

In addition to ranking school districts, the Annual Performance Rating (APR) released today by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education also provides scores for individual school buildings within a district.

The following scores were recorded by Joplin R-8 Schools, with scores for 2015, followed by 2014 and 2013:

Joplin High School 84.3, 81.4, 73.2

North Middle School 91.4, 95.7, 99.3

South Middle School 82.9, 82.9, 82.9

East Middle School 72.9, 74.3, 80.7

Cecil Floyd Elementary 84.3, 82.9, 85.7

Columbia Elementary 94.3, 92.9, 97.1

Soaring Heights Elementary 58.6, 45.7

Eastmorland Elementary 85.7, 67.1, 77.1

Jefferson Elementary 65.7, 72.9, 70.0

Kelsey Norman Elementary 100.0, 87.1, 88.6

McKinley Elementary School 62.9, 70.0, 85.7

Royal Heights Elementary 77.1, 58.6, 62.9

Stapleton Elementary 98.6, 98.6, 100.0

West Central Elementary 85.7, 57.1, 54.3


Anonymous said...

Wonder what the scores would look like at the high school if they weren't propped up by 'Credit Recovery'?

Anonymous said...

When will the people of Joplin finally understand that R-8 is failing our kids?
There is no quick fix as this damage will continue for years but it is time to call it what it is: failure.

Anonymous said...


Many schools are forced to use credit recovery in order to meet state requirements. Joplin is not alone in that venture. The way to get around having to do such things would be for parents to send their students to school with a stronger work ethic. Since that isn't happening any time soon, in order to keep the school accredited for those students who do make the right choices, alternatives must be found. Don't like credit recovery? Turn to your community to make it unnecssary.

Anonymous said...

I would say the scores at East and Soaring Heights (someone please change the name--the irony is killing me) are all the evidence anyone needs to prove that highly expensive, ugly schools do not help students learn, any more than administrators who got their jobs by doing dirty work for Bessie and Captain Underpants. As I recall, the principal at the ever sinking Soaring Heights is the twit who said her students can't learn without Bloomberg there to hold their hands. Apparently, they didn't do too well with him. I would comment on Irving, but no APR is given for them. Interesting. How are those Learning Intentions and Success Criteria working for you? Miraculously, you say? The numbers say otherwise. Gimmicks and initiatives don't work. Strong teaching, high student expectations, and good resources might help here more than anything else.

Perhaps it's time for a new leadership team. This year is already another wasted year under the helm of the defunct Huff's appointees, but do they have to be kept for the whole year? Really? Look at what is going on at McKinley with Terri Hart at the helm. It's not just slipping, it has plunged off the cliff. These people are inept, like the leadership who appointed them and the directors who are still steering them--off track. Come on, Ridder. Do it for the kids. Send these people packing.

Anonymous said...

The world needs ditch diggers too.

Anonymous said...

6:51 Soaring Heights is really known as SOARING COST.

Anonymous said...

The world does need ditch diggers but R-8 only wants to graduate cosmetologist assistants and hospital orderlies.
How about just teaching our kids to READ WRITE ADD/SUBTRACT and..... THINK?

Anonymous said...

Joplin High has about half as many students as MSSU - but concentrated in one building complex. The consolidation of the high school into one huge school may help to field better sports teams but is not a good environment for learning. Kids get lost in that kind of behemoth school system. Lack of focus is impossible to avoid.

Anonymous said...

This just showed the Huff show is still showing it ass.......

Soaring needs a new name..

Anonymous said...

Bright Futures Coordinator: This is what's wrong with the people of Joplin

"I will tell you that we do have five years of data to show the impact of Bright Futures, but we have to have time to process and extract it all to show the real outcomes. We're working on that and will report it out once we have it in hand."

Anonymous said...

I think the numbers show a marginally positive trend.

6 schools had positive growth over 3 years in excess of 2%

5 schools had negative growth over 3 years in excess of 2%

3 remained relatively the same, with >2% change in scores. Overall, Joplin's schools are up 8% over the 3 year period. Of course "Soaring Heights" is still abysmal, despite the 13 % improvement while East Middle School and Jefferson and McKinley Elementaries are looking pretty bad.